Monthly Archives: November 2015

MFT Colour Challenge #34, The Paper Players #273, SSS Wednesday 25/11

Hello … bonjour!  Hope those of you who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving … and that the left overs are still plentiful and delicious!  Crafting has been taking a bit of a back seat for me recently, but that moment arrived when I simply had to have a little card making fun …

MFT Colour #34, PP 273, SSSW 25-11This sweet MFT snowman was stamped at the Lake House last year (thanks, Bev!) … he’s been in hibernation, patiently waiting to get into the limelight until recently, when he shuffled out onto my desk looking for some company.  His moment of stardom had arrived!  He was coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Wink of Stella … was set amidst gently falling sparkly snowflakes (courtesy of a stencil from SSS) … and is holding a shimmery, shiny, sweet heart to give away at Christmas.  The sentiment is from SSS … I stamped the lower part first, cut the word into the panel and from black craft foam, and pieced it all back together.  I sponged the edges of the card base and mounted the snowman panel flat against it.  How would you like a look at all his splendid shimmeriness …

MFT Colour #34, PP 273, SSSW 25-11 Detail The observant among you will notice that Monsieur Snowman’s nose is pink rather than the traditional orange … let me explain.  Snowman here is a bit of an individualist and insisted that his ensemble include a little something out of the ordinary … he thought the pink carrot (and they are available!) would do just fine … and would go rather nicely with the pink heart.  It worked for me … the colour palette at MFT included pink and not orange, so I was more than happy to let him have his way (but don’t let him know that, he’d become impossible!).

Monsieur Snowman was inspired by …

MFT Colour Challenge – After Midnight, Field Green, Sweet Tooth, Tickled Pink

The Paper Players – Tic Tac Toe (I chose Snowflake, Sparkle or Shine, Punch or Die Cut)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

I’ve not had chance to do much visiting this week, so there are lots of lovely cards waiting for me in my Feedly list … off for some wonderful inspiration!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #45, Addicted to CAS #77, Happy Little Stampers CAS – November, Uniko #27, SSS Wednesday – AnythingGoes, SSS Work It Wednesday – November

Bonjour … and a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends … wishing you all a wonderful day, blessed with the joy of family and friends!  Our fabulous new challenge over at Time Out starts today … we’re inspired by these words … ‘Snowflakes are winter’s butterflies’.   Here’s where I went …Time Out DT 45Time OutThe background stripes are sliced up washi tape and the snowflake is double layered … the watercolour smooshed one is the positive from this card I made a little while ago … it’s topped with one cut from gold card.  I did a little surgery on the Uniko snowflakes, trimming the outer edges into points to get a frosty look to the shapes, before popping them up on foam tape over the stripes.  The Hero Arts sentiment was stamped in Delicata Gold and I scattered some tiny gold stars around it.

How will you be inspired by our words … you can use all, any or just a few of them to light your creative imagination … we’d love it if you played along with us!   There are heaps of fabulous ideas over at the Time Out blog … from our talented Guest Designer, Ashwini, and from our own fantastic Design Team.  See you in the gallery!

I’m joining in at …

Addicted to CAS – Dimension (Happy Third Birthday, Kylie and the Team … love the new look!)

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Gilding

Uniko – Christmas with the option of CAS

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Holiday

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Seize the Birthday Surprise Party Guest – 19/11, Lawnscaping Challenge #118, Pinterest Inspired Challenge – November, Just Us Girls #319

Bonjour encore!  This is my second post of the day … if you’re looking for my Time Out Mid Challenge Reminder, it’s here.  If not, I hope you’ll enjoy my final card as Surprise Party Guest over at Seize the Birthday … thanks so much to Nancy and the team for the invitation and for the wonderful warm welcome … it’s been such fun!   This fortnight, we have a vellum or acetate topping to tempt you … here’s my pretty little number …

STB GD 19 NovSurprisePartyGuest GraphicI used one of my first purchases (Blissful Botanicals from Lawn Fawn) to create a flower strewn panel … and coloured it with Zig Watercolour Markers. Yep, finally got a set … and can now understand why everyone’s been raving about them … they’re fabulous!  I wanted to create a halo of colour around each image, so used the markers direct to the stamped blooms and leaves and then went back over them with a waterbrush to push the colour outside of the lines.  Once it was all dry, the flowers were highlighted with white gel pen and I trimmed the panel down.  The vellum sentiment strip (Avery Elle, embossed in white) was wrapped round the panel and attached at the back, the panel was mounted flat on the card base, and I adhered a slender slice of black card to the edge.  It’s bling-free … all that vibrant colour and bright white can do the talking!

If you’ve played along at Seize The Birthday before, you’ll know that the theme, or ‘Toppings’, are optional … so you don’t have to use vellum or acetate … you can make any birthday card and join in with us … we’d be delighted if you did!  If you’d like some ideas, there are plenty over at the Seize The Birthday blog … hope to see you in the gallery!

The inspiration for my card came from three challenges …

Lawnscaping Challenge – In With The Old … a new discovery, just started following with Feedly!

Pinterest Inspired Challenge – Photo below … also a new discovery, also following with Feedly!

Just Us Girls – Use Watercolouring

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #44 Mid Challenge Reminder, CAS-ual Fridays #145, The Paper Players #271, SSS Wednesday 18/11

Hello!  We’re half way through our ‘CASE … With Your Own Twist’ challenge over at Time Out, where our designer, the amazingly talented Karen, has given us a gorgeous masked and sponged, wonderfully crisp CAS card … it’s a little further down.  This week, for your inspirational delight, I strayed a little from the original …

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Here’s Karen‘s original and delicious card …

See what I mean about straying?  It’s not as far off Karen‘s card as it first appears … mine still has a masked off panel, an image within the sponged area, some splatter and plenty of glorious white space!  I taped off the bottom of a white card panel, stamped the WPlus9 polar bear (which was covered with a trimmed out post it mask) and sponged over him with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, using a circle mask made from an MFT die.  The SSS star was silver heat embossed, I added some silver splatters and then removed the tape from the bottom of the panel.  The sentiment (made from Lawn Fawn‘s Milo’s ABCs) was stamped into the space, which was edged with slender strips of glittery washi tape (that little guy had to be sitting on something!).  A scattering of stars was added around the sentiment, the polar bear got a single star of his own to hold, and I popped the panel up on the card base on craft foam.

How would you like to play along with us … you can use any or all of the elements in Karen‘s card to inspire you … and we’d love to see what you create!  There are plenty of ideas available over at the Time Out blog, from our fabulously talented Guest Designer, Jen from I Create and from our own wonderful DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

My polar bear is heading over to these three challenges …

The Paper Players – CAS Christmas Card … a new discovery … just started following with Feedly!

CAS-ual Fridays – Precious Metals

SSS Wednesday – Christmas

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #44, Little Tangles #62, One Layer Simplicity #22, Simplicity Thanksgiving Crusade 2015, SSS Work It Wednesday – November, SSS Monday 9/11

Hello!  This next fortnight at Time Out, we have a fabulous ‘CASE … With Your Own Twist’ challenge for you … our designer to CASE is the wonderfully talented and delightful Karen Dunbrook from Snippets … her gorgeous card is a little further down.  Here’s my take …

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and here’s Karen‘s amazing inspiration …

You can see where my focus was … stencilled panel, splatters and a sentiment with different fonts … my twist was making a one layer card and the graduated colour combo.  I masked off a panel on my card base, die cut a few Poppystamps‘ Lorelei Leaf sprigs out of post it tape, arranged the leaves on the panel and sponged/blended four colours of Distress Ink over it.  A little water was splattered over the panel and once it was dry, I stamped the Neat & Tangled sentiment (made up of two stamps), coloured the little heart with Distress Ink and added a coat of Glossy Accents to it.

Where does your creative imagination take you when you see Karen‘s lovely card?  If you’d like a few ideas, there are plenty on offer over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer, Jen from I Create and from our own wonderful DT!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

As well as being inspired by Karen‘s card, I was also inspired by …

Little Tangles – Thankful

One Layer Simplicity – A Multitude of Gratitude

Simplicity Thanksgiving Crusade – Giving Thanks/Gratitude

SSS Work It Wednesday – Thank You

SSS Monday – Something Beginning With N … mine is nature

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Seize The Birthday 5/11- Surprise Party Guest, Virginia’s View #20, Winnie & Walter JITW, SSS Monday 2/11

If you’re looking for my Time Out DT post from earlier today, it’s here … otherwise, stay tuned!  I was honoured and excited to be the inaugural Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday during October … and I’m equally thrilled to have been asked by the lovely Nancy to stay on for the November party too … way to celebrate!  This fortnight we have no toppings at all … in other words,  you can play along with any birthday card you create … I went for typical party decorations on mine … shiny balloons and shimmery confetti …

STB GD 5 NovSurprisePartyGuest Graphic

An almost one layer card, stamped with a sentiment from SSS and balloons from Winnie & Walter.  The balloons were masked and each triple/partially stamped with various shades of the same colour to give them a sense of dimension … and of course they were treated to lashings of Wink of Stella and a generous helping of Glossy Accents, as befits a birthday party!  This was one of those moments where a MISTI would’ve been handy … without one, though, I went all old fashioned and eyeballed it … it seems to have worked out ok!  The strings and little bow were hand drawn, I added the strip of DP down the side and scattered some confetti stars around the sentiment.

We’d be delighted to have you playing along with us at Seize the Birthday … there’s a heap of inspiration from the DT over at the blog … and for those of you in the throes of Christmas card making, just think what a lovely change it would be do make something completely different!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

My celebratory card is heading off to …

Virginia’s View – All About Texture … mine is subtle … the linen effect card base, the stars and the shiny and dimensional Glossy Accents

Winnie & Walter – Join In To Win … my balloons are from W&W

SSS Monday – So Glossy

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Time Out DT #43 Mid Challenge Reminder, Hero Arts Holiday Challenge, WOW! – November, SSS Monday 2/11

We’re mid way through our lovely Christmas themed challenge at Time Out … with the optional twist of using pink or purple … and after last week’s pink extravaganza, this time I went with a little understated purple …

Time Out DT 43RTime OutI ombré sponged Chipped Sapphire and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over a white card panel (Seedless Preserves isn’t in my stash … yet!) and added some Perfect Pearls splatters over it.  The nativity image is from Hero Arts Greatest Gift (partly masked off), double heat embossed in white to give it some glossy dimension.  I trimmed the panel to size, popped it up on the cardbase on craft foam, added a single gem to the star and stamped the Uniko sentiment in Brilliance Starlight Black.    Voilà … the reason for the season …

Time Out DT 43R DetailWe’d love for you to play along with us at Time Out … you can use any colours in your Christmas card … but if you do use the pink or purple twist, you’ll be in with a random chance of winning a self selected stamp set from our sponsor, Uniko … and there are such yummy ones to choose from!  As usual, our overall winner, as chosen by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge!  There’s plenty of inspiration over at the Time Out blog, from our talented Guest Designer Suchi from Suchi’s Cardstock … from our own fabulous Design Team … and from some of the Design Team over at Uniko … so you’re in for a treat!   Also, if you comment on the Uniko blog here and on the blogs of the Uniko DT who have played along with us, you could win their stamp of the week … Label Love!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m joining in with …

Hero Arts Holiday Challenge – Christmas

WOW! Embossing Powder – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – So Glossy

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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